2019 Festivals and Mainstage are coming!

Theatre BC’s regional zones are gearing up for their annual Drama Festivals, in the spirit of learning, sharing, networking, and of course, friendly competition. 2019 Zone Festivals are scheduled as follows:

A Travelling Adjudicator is also touring this year, seeing three productions: two in the Kootenay Zone (KOZ) and one in the South Island Zone (SIZ). Our Travelling Adjudicator this year is Raimund Stamm, who has presented Theatre BC workshops and has adjudicated zone festivals for us in the past.

The “Best Play” winners from our 6 Zone Festivals, plus one Travelling Adjudicator’s pick and one Wild Card selection (randomly drawn from a Festival-entered play applicant), will create the full 8-show playbill for Mainstage, July 5 through 13, 2019. Zones have already been slotted into performance dates, as follows:

  • Friday July 5 – North Island Zone
  • Saturday July 6 – North Shore Zone
  • Sunday July 7 – Peace River Zone
  • Monday July 8 – Fraser Valley Zone
  • Tuesday July 9 – Central Interior Zone
  • Wednesday July 10 – Travelling Adjudicator’s Slot
  • Thursday July 11 – Okanagan Zone
  • Friday July 12 – Wild Card Slot (Clubs: Info link to apply for this WILD CARD slot)
  • Saturday July 13 – Awards Celebration

Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 is being held in sunny Port Alberni, with nightly performances at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre. This theatre first opened in 2013 in conjunction with the newly built Alberni District Secondary School. Most of our workshops will be held in the classrooms there, and The Capitol Theatre (home of host club Portal Players Dramatic Society) will be the hub of operations, with registrations & check-in being held there, an information desk, the nightly green room parties, meetings and is the location for our two Workshop Play slots.

Dean Paul Gibson

We’re thrilled that Dean Paul Gibson is back to adjudicate for us at Mainstage 2019. He’s a Theatre BC favourite who is already familiar with the Vancouver Island community theatre scene, and adjudicated the North Island Zone Drama Festival in 2015, hosted by Portal Players in Port Alberni. He last adjudicated Mainstage in 2013, in Kamloops. Dean will provide a short public critique following each nightly performance, and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”. Ticket holders will also be able to observe these highly educational sessions. Read our biography of Dean here.

An extensive series of workshops is planned again for this year:

  • Workshop Plays (two slots) with Andrew McIlroy and Nicolle Nattrass (Clubs: Info link to apply for a WORKSHOP PLAY slot)
  • New Play Workshop, featuring a winning script from this year’s Playwriting Competition, with Kathryn Shaw
  • Stage Combat (two workshops) with Robinson Wilson
  • Scene Transitions with Andrew McIlroy
  • Intimacy for Actors and Intimacy for Directors (two workshops) with Fran Gebhard & guest instructors
  • Mining The Text for Deeper Connection, an actor’s workshop with Fran Gebhard
  • Theatre Youth Camp for ages 13 to 18 with Carrera Schroeder
  • More details and online registration is coming soon for these workshops!

We will also hold a series of Four Open Discussion Forums with knowledgable panelists:

  • Producing in Community Theatre
  • Safe Spaces 2, a follow-up to last year’s successful discussion
  • First Nations Theatre Projects
  • Money Makers for Community Theatre

Port Alberni is ready to host you this summer – accommodations options are listed on this Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce website link.

Performance Tickets

Tickets to all the shows will be available online soon. Individual performance tickets, 3-day, 5-day and 8-day ticket packages can be bought at early bird and member discounted rates – keep checking back for when they go on sale.

The ADSS Performing Arts Theatre has 500 seats, all with a great view of the stage, and with festival seating in place for Mainstage.

Keep Checking Back . . .

More Mainstage 2019 information will be rolled out throughout the weeks leading up to our big Provincial Festival, including online registration forms for participants, workshop registration forms and online ticket sales to the shows. Stay tuned!

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Mainstage 2019 Adjudicator: Dean Paul Gibson

Dean Paul Gibson is an award-winning theatre practitioner with 30 years of experience. His passion for performance, language and its intent has served to make him a trusted and sought-after theatre artist in a number of roles including: Director, Actor, Instructor, Workshop-Leader, Adjudicator and Coach. His extended experience as a successful director over sixty productions has allowed him to further enrich his skills and create opportunities  to connect with people and their stories. 

Program Director for the Annual Arts Club Intensive, Instructor with the The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Training, Bard Studio, Guest Instructor at Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training and Capilano University. 

As an actor- Dean’s credits include: Otto in The Shoplifters for Arts Club, David (and others) in The Full Light of Day for Electric Company, Tom Sergeant in SkylightTheatre Calgary, Warwick in Saint Joan for the Arts Club, Andrew Undershaft in Major Barbara for an A.C.T/TC co-production, The Bartender in Tosca Café—another A.C.T/ TC co-pro, Patrick Flanagan in Jitters at the Belfry, Falstaff for Bard on the Beach, Vigil and The Drowsy Chaperone for Theatre Calgary, Little Mercy’s First Murder and The Family Way for Touchstone Theatre, the Ruby Slippers Theatre and Pi Theatre co-production of Shopping and F**king, the original ‘Tailor’ in The Overcoat at Vancouver Playhouse, where he also performed in Romeo and Juliet, The Dead Reckoning, The Music Man, Little Voice, Stones in His Pockets, Humble Boy (also at Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre), and A Christmas CarolProblem Child, Green Thumb Theatre.

Upcoming: Dean will be directing Bard’s first production of Coriolanus with Vancouver Island’s very own Moya O’Connell

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Mainstage “Wild Card” Performance Application

Theatre BC will feature one Wild Card performance at Mainstage 2019. The Wild Card performance will be on Friday, July 12 at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre in Port Alberni, and the club drawn must be able to attend and perform on that date, and attend the following morning’s Coffee Critique with adjudicator Dean Paul Gibson.

The successful performing club will be chosen at random from entries being received now by e-mail to [email protected]. Please include in your application e-mail:

  • Club Name
  • Zone
  • Play Title and Writer
  • Contact Person (Name & E-mail)

Qualifying clubs must have performed in a Zone Drama Festival or have been seen by the Travelling Adjudicator. Applicants which have been awarded “Best Play” in their Festival or by the Travelling Adjudicator will be removed from contention in the random draw.

Wild Card entry applications are completely confidential and will not be shared with your Zone Festival adjudicator, so there will be no impact on potential awards in your Zone Festival.

As soon as all Festivals have ended, the random selection will take place, and the successful Club will be informed of their selection.

Clubs are also welcome to enter their productions into our two Workshop Play slots, which will also be chosen by random draw. Workshop Play application details here.

Good luck!

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